As politically polarized Americans celebrate their nation’s Independence Day, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that they’re just about as divided about Covid-19 vaccinations as most everything else.
The poll, which was released on Sunday, found that 86% of Democrats have received at least one Covid-19 dose, while only 45% of Republicans have done so. A further 7% of Democrat respondents said they’re likely to be vaccinated against the virus, suggesting as many as 93% will eventually get the shots – but just 4% of unvaccinated GOP voters intend to be inoculated, so the Republican jab rate is tracking to top out at 49%.
Overall vaccine hesitancy is rising, which may help explain why President Joe Biden missed his goal of having 70% of US adults receive at least their first Covid-19 shot by July 4. Around 67% of American adults have taken at least one dose, meaning the Democrat president missed his goal by about eight million people, according to CDC data.
WaPo-ABC found that 29% of Americans said they aren’t likely to be vaccinated against Covid-19, up from 24% in April. Only 6% of Democrats fall into that category, while 47% of Republicans said they likely won’t be inoculated, including 38% who insisted that they definitely won’t be.